Feature CD Of The Week: Kenny Shanker's "Action City"
For Release: December 14, 2014
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 12/14/2014
The Feature CD this week is from alto saxophonist, pianist, composer, sideman, and
teacher Kenny Shanker. The disc is titled Action City.
Shanker started playing piano at the age of two. He grew up in Pleasanton, California,
won an ASCAP Award for composition, and composed the soundtrack for the movie "Out
Of The Fog."
His first solo album Steppin' Up was released in 2011 on the Positone Label to rave reviews. He is working with the
same crew that he used for that first album with Action City.
There is Mike Eckroth on piano, Diasuke Abe on guitar, Yoshi Waki on bass, and Brian
Fishler on drums.
It is an album with all original compositions, and is a testament to the composition
skills that have won him praise and awards as an innovative and energetic writer and
musician. Each track has its own personality.
This is a great feature for all jazz buffs.